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Godfrey Bloom, British MEP, Calls Female Activists 'Sluts,' His Party Doesn't Get The 'Joke'

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 20: Godfrey Bloom MEP sits in the audience before addressing delegates during the UKIP annual conference on September 20, 2013 in London, England. Members of the United kingdom Independent Party have gathered at Central Hall, Westminster, for their annual conference. Party Leader Nigel Farage in his keynote speach earlier said, that the party will come first in next year's European elections, saying it is 'growing up' after success in local elections. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 20: Godfrey Bloom MEP sits in the audience before addressing delegates during the UKIP annual conference on September 20, 2013 in London, England. Members of the United kingdom Independent Party have gathered at Central Hall, Westminster, for their annual conference. Party Leader Nigel Farage in his keynote speach earlier said, that the party will come first in next year's European elections, saying it is 'growing up' after success in local elections. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

If you're addressing a roomful of female activists, you probably don't want to call them sluts.

But that's exactly what Godfrey Bloom, a British member of the European Parliament, did during a "women in politics" event this week. After two women at the conference said that they had never cleaned behind their fridges, Bloom responded, "This place is full of sluts."

The remark elicited some laughter from the audience, and when asked about it later Bloom confirmed he made the comment in jest. Perhaps he was referencing how "slut" has not always been defined as a promiscuous person; the term once meant a "slovenly, untidy woman or girl."

However, it seems Bloom's party isn't amused by his "joke." The United Kingdom Independence Party announced Friday that Bloom would be suspended, pending a disciplinary hearing.

Speaking to BBC News, UKIP leader Nigel Farage labeled Bloom's comment "wholly and highly inappropriate," saying, "there comes a point where people cross too far over a line."

Bloom has certainly toed that line before. Earlier this year, the party told the politician to stop using the phrase "bongo bongo land" to describe countries that receive aid from the U.K. Though Bloom initially defended his comments, he later expressed his regrets for using the term, which he admitted could be perceived as pejorative.

For his part, Bloom took to Twitter Friday to address media reports:

Made a purposely outrageous joke among friends which was taken as joke by women present

— Godfrey Bloom (@Goddersukip) September 20, 2013

It shd not b taken out of context & misrepresented by a hostile press

— Godfrey Bloom (@Goddersukip) September 20, 2013

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